Mo*Con IX: May 2nd – 4th, 2014 (REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!)

Brought to you by IHW, Evoke:  Arts + Media, and Second Story, Mo*Con is a convention focused on conversations revolving around genre literature and social justice. If you enjoy writing, conversations, and food, you’ll find plenty to enjoy at Mo*Con (basically, imagine a room party held in a con suite). REGISTRATION DETAILS HERE.

Here’s who will be there:

Guests of Honor: 

Wesley headshit Hi-ResWesley Chu was born in Taiwan and emigrated to Chicago, Illinois when he was just a pup. It was there he became a Kung Fu master and gymnast.  Wesley is an avid gamer and a contributing writer for the magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland. A former stunt man and a member of the Screen Actors Guild, he can also be seen in film and television playing roles such as “Banzai Chef” in Fred Claus and putting out Oscar worthy performances as a bank teller in Chicago Blackhawks commercials.  Besides working as an Associate Vice President at a bank, he spends his time writing and hanging out with his wife Paula Kim and their Airedale Terrier, Eva.  You can learn more about her at www.wesleychu.com or connect with him on Twitter (@wes_chu) or FaceBook (www.facebook.com/wesleychuauthor)

lucy-whcLucy A. Snyder is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of the novels Spellbent, Shotgun Sorceress, Switchblade Goddess, and thecollections Orchid Carousals, Sparks and Shadows, Chimeric Machines, and Installing Linux on a Dead Badger. She will have two new books out in 2014: Shooting Yourself in the Head For Fun and Profit: A Writer’s Guide will be released by Post Mortem Press, and her story collection Soft Apocalypses will be released by Raw Dog Screaming Press. Her writing has been translated into French, Russian, and Japanese editions and has appeared in publications such as What Fates Impose, Once Upon A Curse, Strange Horizons, Weird Tales, Hellbound Hearts, Dark Faith, Chiaroscuro, GUD, and Best Horror of the Year, Vol. 5. You can learn more about her atwww.lucysnyder.com.

Lynch_SScott Lynch is an American fantasy author, best known for his Gentleman Bastard series of novels.  His first novel, The Lies of Locke Lamora, came out in 2006.   His second novel, Red Seas Under Red Skies, came out in the summer of 2007. The Lies of Locke Lamora was a World Fantasy Award finalist in 2007. In both 2007 and 2008 Lynch was nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.  Lynch received the Sydney J. Bounds Best Newcomer Award from the British Fantasy Society in 2008.  His third novel, The Republic of Thieves, was just released.  He’s also a volunteer firefighter with the New Richmond, WI fire department.

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dsc_3376 smallerElizabeth Bear was born on the same day as Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, but in a different year. When coupled with a tendency to read the dictionary for fun as a child, this led her inevitably to penury, intransigence, and the writing of speculative fiction. She is the Hugo, Sturgeon, and Campbell Award winning author of 25 novels and almost a hundred short stories. Her dog lives in Massachusetts; her partner, writer Scott Lynch, lives in Wisconsin. She spends a lot of time on planes.

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Publisher Guest of Honor:

dave mattinglyDave Mattingly founded BlackWyrm Publishing in 2003. The company has produced 100 novels, mostly in the speculative fiction genres. Never wanting to turn away a good book, other genres have crept in since then, including mystery, romance, historical, Christian, business, and others. As an early adopter of technology, BlackWyrm makes sure that all of the printed books are available in the various popular ebook formats.  Besides his credentials at BlackWyrm, Dave is the vice president of the Christian Gamers Guild, and organizes church services at Origins, GenCon, FandomFest, and other conventions. As a former atheist that converted to Christianity late in life, he merges his geek life with his Godly life. He regularly speaks at Toastmasters, and has earned two DTMs, the highest achievement possible in that organization.  Professionally trained as a computer programmer, database administrator, and scrum master, Dave has worked for a vast array of industries such as space travel, video games, graphic design, bio-terrorism, and fraud prevention.

Editor Guest of Honor:

JJAJohn Joseph Adams (www.johnjosephadams.com)—called “the reigning king of the anthology world” by Barnes & Noble—is the bestselling editor of many anthologies, such as Oz Reimagined, The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, Epic: Legends of Fantasy, Other Worlds Than These, Armored, Under the Moons of Mars, Brave New Worlds, Wastelands, The Living Dead, Federations, The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and The Way of the Wizard. He is a six-time finalist for the Hugo Award and a five-time nominee for the World Fantasy Award. He is also the editor and publisher of the magazines Lightspeed and Nightmare, and is the co-host of Wired.com’s The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. Find him on Twitter @johnjosephadams.

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Featured guests

chesya1Chesya Burke’s 2011 fiction collection, Let’s Play White, was featured in i09 and received praise from Samuel Delany and Nikki Giovanni. Her work has appeared in Dark Dreams I, II and III: Horror and Suspense by Black Writers published by Kensington Publishing Corp.; the Stoker-nominated, Dark Faith and many more. She also is recognized for her critical analysis of genre and race issues such as her articles, Race and The Walking Dead and Super Duper Sexual Spiritual Black Woman: The New and Improved Magical Negro published by Clarksworld Publication. Likewise, several of her articles appeared in the African American National Biography published by Harvard and Oxford University Press. Chesya is currently getting her MA in African American Studies at Georgia State University and is a juror for the 2013 Shirley Jackson awards.

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jhj_bio_photoJohn Hornor Jacobs’ first novel, Southern Gods, was published by Night Shade Books and shortlisted for the Bram Stoker Award. His second novel, This Dark Earth, was published in July, 2012, by Gallery/Pocket Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. His young adult series, The Incarcerado Trilogy comprised of The Twelve Fingered Boy, The Shibboleth, and The Conformity, will be published by Carolrhoda Labs, an imprint of Lerner Publishing.  His first fantasy series, The Incorruptibles will be published in Spring 2014 by Gollancz in the UK.

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GeoffreyGirardPic1aGeoffrey Girard writes thrillers, historicals, dark fantasy, young adult novels, and short speculative fiction for publications including WRITERS OF THE FUTURE and the Stoker-nominated DARK FAITH anthology. Born in Germany and shaped in New Jersey, Geoffrey graduated from Washington College with a literature degree and worked as an advertising copywriter before shifting to high school English teacher. Since, he’s earned an MA in Creative Writing from Miami University and is the Department Chair of English at a private boys’ school in Cincinnati. His TALES OF… series (TALES OF THE JERSEY DEVIL, TALES OF THE ATLANTIC PIRATES and TALES OF THE EASTERN INDIANS) features original stories based on American history and folklore. Simon and Schuster published two Girard novels in 2013: CAIN’S BLOOD, a techno thriller, and PROJECT CAIN, a spinoff novel for Young-Adult readers. For more information, visitwww.GeoffreyGirard.com.

Special Musical Guest:

Pork Chop Express ImageMusical composer Wes Alexander and writer/editor Reinhardt Suarez are the two-man crew behind The Pork Chop Express, a traveling musical show that fuses story and song into a single experience. Compositions are often concepted and created remotely, as Alexander resides in Chicago, IL, and Suarez in Minneapolis, MN. The Pork Chop Express relishes opportunities to step outside its own bounds, with projects such as the album-novel The Green Ray of the Sun, and the Twitter-based story-event, Giant Avian Doomsday. Find them at www.theporkchopexpress.com

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ARTIST GUEST OF HONOR:

Headshot2013-2Melissa Gay is a critically-acclaimed artist of the Imaginative Realism style. Starting her career as a scientific illustrator doing ink drawings for botany manuals, she later used those same skills to do black and white line art for roleplaying games, her true passion. Her work has since appeared on the covers and the interiors of many games, books, magazines, academic publications, and even a tarot deck, and her original paintings are in the hands of private collectors around the world. Her roleplaying game credits include work on Freedom Flyer, an Echoes Of War adventure for the Firefly RPG, The Dresden Files RPG, the Crimeworld Fate Core supplement,  HERO 6th edition, Fantasy HERO and its supplement The Book Of Dragons, Part-Time Gods and its upcoming supplements, Mermaid Adventures, Camp Myth, Psi-Punk, and the upcoming Elves of Uteria. Her speculative fiction book covers include Sara M. Harvey’s Penemue trilogy (Apex Press), and  HebrewPunk (Apex Press) and Jesus and the Eightfold Path (Immersion Press edition) for World Fantasy Award winning author Lavie Tidhar.

MORE SURPRISES TO COME.  GO HERE FOR HOTEL DETAILS AND REGISTRATION.

Launch Party: FAKE ID by Lamar Giles

FakeID_finalLittle does poor Lamar know that I’ve been watching his career with great interest ever since that fateful convention where he and I met.  It was the same convention where I met Brandon Massey (which Lamar will get to).  It was also the convention where Brian Keene and I became friends (though oddly, our bonding moment was over an argument about Superman).  So when I saw that Lamar’s book, Fake ID was due out, I *insisted* that he come here and tell us a story.  Everyone has to start somewhere …

The Freshman by Lamar Giles

A decade ago I was in a Baltimore Marriott, the host venue for Horrorfind 2004. In the hotel restaurant the biggest table was rimmed with a hearty group of people I didn’t know (though, if their faces had somehow been super-imposed with their book covers, I would’ve recognized them immediately). The one familiar face—because I’d met him like two hours before when I was checking in—was Brandon Massey, editor of the DARK DREAMS anthology, the short story collection that had just garnered me my first significant publishing credit. Brandon waved me over to the single empty chair. I sat with this group, which emitted a strong long-time-friends vibe, said my name without stuttering, and tried not to leak any introvert juice on the place mats.

I don’t recall everyone that was at the table that day, because as they began to introduce themselves, I realized I was hearing a recitation of the Who’s Who in Horror list. Introvert Panic Mode kicked in and any long-term memory power was diverted to vital life support systems so I didn’t slip into a social overload coma. 10 years later, these are the names that stand out to me (Deena Warner…I’ll explain momentarily) and Brian Keene (he offered me some of his calamari).

After introductions, the new guy interrogation starts. Where are you from? Virginia, I grew up in a town called Hopewell. How was the drive up? Long. NoVA traffic sucks. Is “The Track” your first published story? Sorta. I mean, I sold a story a couple of years ago, but it was a webzine so there were never any printed copies. Have you ever signed an autograph? (This, from Deena.) Come to think of it, no. No, I haven’t.

To which she produces her personal copy of DARK DREAMS, and says something along the lines of, “I’d be honored if I was your very first autograph.”

Sure, but, I don’t even have a pen. Rookie move. No worries, the veterans have enough ink to go around.

So, Deena passes me the book, I will my hand not to shake as I open the front cover, and sign right under the DARK DREAMS title with a bunch of genre stars watching. I look up, and everyone’s giving me the awkward eye. I’ve done something wrong.

What feels like a year passes, and I’m fighting the urge to yell, “What?” Deena, (super nice, btw) is the one who tells me…

“With anthologies the custom is to sign the page on which YOUR story begins. The front of the book is typically signed when it’s YOUR book.”

dark_dreams_225w-199x300DARK DREAMS is definitely not MY book.

Oh. No.

Here’s the thing about ink. It’s permanent. My mistake is immortalized. I apologize, and Deena assures me it’s no big deal (really, it probably isn’t). But, I’ve officially gotten off on the wrong foot. At that point, I probably did take a piece of Brian Keene’s calamari just to un-knot my stomach.

The rest of the weekend went much smoother. I met a number of the other DARK DREAMS contributors, along with some of my favorite writers who were insanely nice and personable–I’m talking to you F. Paul Wilson and Douglass Clegg. Also, I met a gentleman named Maurice Broaddus. Nice guy, I think he has a blog.

All in all, no more major slip-ups on my part, though the Stranger in a Strange Land paranoia stuck with me.

At some point during the proceedings, someone (maybe Deena) asked what it felt like to be a newly published writer at my very first horror convention. I said, “I feel like a freshman sitting at the senior table.”

And I still do.

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For 10 years, I’ve hung in there. There have been slow moments years, where absolutely nothing went well in my writing world. But, with every 10 disappointments came a small success to keep me going. I branched out from horror. Still love it, still write it (and plan to publish it, again, in some form, very soon). I tried my hand in other genres, though. With great results.

Now, I write young adult mystery/thrillers. My latest, FAKE ID, was published by HarperCollins in January and has gotten some pretty good press. As it stands, I’ll write at least two more YA thrillers for HC. A lot of people ask me about the switch, and my go to answer is, “I still write about monsters, the human kind.”

Things are going well, yet…that freshman feeling is not going away. Every conference I go to, I’m sitting at tables with stars. Every time I sip water, or cut my steak, or make a paltry attempt at a joke, I’m expecting the blank stare. The “That’s Not Your Page” look. My introvert juice leaks constantly.

And, that’s okay. I realize that’s more about me—my inner awkwardness—than anybody else. Publishing is stuffed with nice, welcoming people. I often hear confessions of introversion from some of the funniest, most outspoken figures around.

Is it possible that, in some way, we all feel like freshmen?

I don’t know about that, but I do know about this: Horrorfind 2004 was my coming out party. The people I met there will always be dear to me. I’ll tell that Brian Keene calamari story until the end of time.  Plus, I have these takeaways…

I always keep a pen on me.  And I sign on the right page.

Maybe I’m closer to graduation than I thought.

 

LRGiles_Fake-ID_Headshot_Color-300x225The Awkward 3rd Person Version that most writers hate writing…

Lamar “L.R.” Giles writes stuff. He’s been doing it for a long time. Umm, I, I mean he, is was (is?) from Hopewell, Virginia. Hopewell is not like any of the strange little towns he writes about. At all. Not even a little. HarperCollins will publish my–&*#%–his Young Adult thriller FAKE ID in 2014. He has a wife and wants a dog one day. In Chesapeake, Virginia.

 

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Mind Meld on SF Signal

ds9Over on SF Signal, I’m part of a discussion answering this question:   What was the first or most memorable geeky pop-culture debate you ever had? Or what’s that one thing you can’t stop ranting about? What was the outcome? Are you still on speaking terms with your opponent? Why are you so passionate about this?

My answer:

Deep Space Nine is the best iteration of Star Trek

This is probably the geek rant 1A I have most often, only because folks don’t immediately concede my point and improve their lives accordingly. (1B being DS9 vs. Babylon 5, only because whenever I bring up the fact that DS9, besides being underrated, someone usually starts running off at the mouth about how DS9 ripped off B5 *gives Jerry Gordon the side eye* ). Let me lay this out for you…

Click on over to see my rant.

 

Not that I’ve NEVER mentioned DS9 on this site:

-Star Trek:  Deep Space Nine (Or “Ruminations on a Black Jesus”)

-Worf’s Journey of Blackness Part I and Part II

Streets of Shadows: Open Call!

streets of shadows coverYou think you’re safe. What a joke.

You don’t think about the places you pass every day. The side streets. The alleys. Under bridges. The shadows.  All you’d have to do is take a step to the side.  Then you’d know.

From editors of Dark Faith, Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon, comes Streets of Shadows, a collection of stories at the intersection of urban fantasy and crime. These tales of the dark and magical side of the urban landscape will be published by Alliteration Ink in late summer 2014.

Currently attached authors include Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Kevin J. Anderson, Tim Lebbon, Seanan McGuire, Brandon Massey, Tom Piccirilli, and Lucy A. Snyder.

We’re looking for stories with depth that push the boundaries of their genres.  Stories that make you think, that comment on the human condition and the social order. Stories that are rich in their language use. Stories that entertain and thrill.  Stories between 2000 and 4000 words for which we’ll pay 6 cents per word.

Submissions will be accepted from 3/3/2014 until 4/3/2014.  Unsolicited stories received outside this time frame will be deleted unread.

Please include a cover letter with your submission and only one story at a time.  No reprints.  Simultaneous submissions will be accepted as long as you tell us up front (and immediately withdraw the story if you sell somewhere else).

All submissions must be emailed as an RTF file to Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon at StreetsOfShadows@gmail.com.

A Few Upcoming Appearances

Here is a tentative list of where you can find me this year:

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February 22 – Indiana Writers’ Center Workshop:  Introduction to Spec Fic/World Building

 

March 1 - Winton Woods Middle School Flash Fiction Contest (judge!)

May 2 -4 – Mo*Con

 

May 23-26 - WisCon

 

July 14-20 – NASFIC/DetCon 1

 

August 14-17 - GenCon

 

September 19-21 - Imaginarium

 

September 26-28 - Context

 

 

 

A Couple of Workshop Announcements

second storyI was asked (read: ordered!) that the next time I teach at the Indiana Writer’s Center that I give folks sufficient advance warning.  So, here you go:

 

Introduction to Speculative Fiction + World Building Combo

Take both classes and Save!

Instructor: Maurice Broaddus
Date: Saturday, February 22
Time: 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. and 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Location: IWC
Cost: $100 Nonmembers, $70 members, $60 student/teacher/senior members

Speculative Fiction
Here’s the thing:  you know speculative fiction when you see it, even if you’re unfamiliar with all of the insider jargon used to describe its many subgenres. The big three are Horror, Fantasy (high, urban, historical), and Science Fiction (hard, cyberpunk, steampunk). So if the story takes place in a far off land or an alternate version of an existing one; whether it is extrapolating science into futuristic technologies with its impact on society or conjuring new forms of magic, speculative fiction is the genre of possibility. This class will clarify what speculative fiction is and explore explore the marketplace, discussing where and how to submit your work.

World Building
Setting is an important part of any story.  More particular to the speculative fiction writer is the world-building aspect of setting.  Our job is to out-imagine our readers.  The writer needs to make sure that their world operates within a consistent system.  We will develop a basic checklist of items to think through as you build the universe for your characters to play in.

You can take the classes together or separately (Intro or World Building).

 

For anyone heading to Context this year, I’ll be leading my Building Your Brand Workshop:

Maurice Broaddus: Building Your Brand

(Friday, September 26th, 3pm-5pm)

You’re not just selling books — you’re selling your writing persona and your platform. Learn how to share your platform by gaining online followers without selling your soul to the devil. Maurice Broaddus gives real data on what has helped him gain readers.  $20, 2 hours.

 

A Few Random Updates

SoSThe Streets of Shadows kickstarter project has about reached the halfway mark.  Thank you for all of your support.  Let’s beat the mid-way KickStarter lull!*

Speaking of the KickStarter, my awesome co-editor, Jerry Gordon, and I were on DJ Grandpa’s Crib talking about our project.  Check it out (we’re at the 32:20 mark)

Over on SF Signal, I’m discussing a few books that I don’t think have had the attention they deserve.  Futureland (Walter Mosley) and The Gift (Patrick O’Leary) have probably been the two books most instrumental in me writing a lot more science fiction and fantasy these days.

Science fiction like I Can Transform You (now with a new review) and fantasy like Steppin’ Razor (also with a new review).

 

*The trend is for KickStarter projects to start strong, then hit a lull, then finish strong.  I don’t know if my stomach can take the anxiety of too long a lull!

IHW Winter Retreat 2014

Off to a writer’s retreat at a haunted house rumored to have once been owned by a former Klan member. I’ll be the only black person there. This really does sound like the premise of a horror movie I deserve to die in. #aintnothingmagicalaboutme

Me, co-editor Jerry, and intern/slush reader Rodney launched our Streets of Shadows Kickstarter then immediately withdrew to the IHW retreat.  It’s a long standing tradition for our group, but we thought we’d switch it up a bit and return to the place where the group first had its retreat.*  A renewal of sorts.

I figure I might as well recap the event by collecting my Tweets through the weekend.

Welcome to Converse, Indiana. Population: 6. And a goat.

Converse, Indiana happens to also be the home of one Bob Freeman.  Writer, mystic, warrior, and also artist (as he’s responsible for a lot of the Mo*Con posters).  He is not the owner of the goat.

Spotty cell phone service & 6 in of snow due. I might as well tell @rodneycarlstrom he’s got The Shining & wander into the cellar by myself

Did I mention that the weather report called for us getting hit with ANOTHER six inches of snow that weekend?  We may have to rethink just how “winter” we wish to have the retreat.  Maybe the IHW Summer cookout may be in order.

[Shrugpolean Dynamite ‏@ASky84 Jan 24 @MauriceBroaddus this sounds like you die before the opening credits shit before the first note of the opening track]

Yeah, cue my friends being less than supportive during my time here.**

Here’s where we’re staying: the Eastern Woodland Carvers Club in Converse, Indiana.

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A little bit on the history of the building:  Hardware store on first floor.  Offices and apartments on the second floor.  The third floor added in 1880s.  In its 110 year history it has been a speakeasy, a brothel, served as the offices for doctors, lawyers, and the Ku Klux Klan.  Then it was taken over by the Freemasons and the Oddfellows before the Woodcarvers acquired it in 1996.

Things to do in Converse: #5 whittle

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I’ll say this for Converse, Indiana: bacon cheeseburger with two 1/2 pound patties … $3. #pubfoodrules

I think that not only says it all, but gives you a hint of where I ate all weekend.

On the second floor, the Klan’s former offices,  now a lathe room.

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All of the Klan rooms have eyeholes in the doors.  You know, so they can check out who they should let in.

My favorite room on the second floor: the hammer room. A testament to one man’s obsession.

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Who doesn’t need a six foot hammer? @KyleSJohnson

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Later tonight, our Wicker Man celebration.  Hosted by @OccultDetective

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Lords of EVIL @gdwessel @KyleSJohnson @RodneyCarlstrom @byMichaelWest @jerrylgordon @OccultDetective

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And it’s a dry building. No alcohol allowed on the premises. Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha. What do you call a gathering of writers? A bar!

 Uh, in case anyone from the Woodcarver’s reads this blog, absolutely no alcohol was harmed during the tweeting of this event.

So the third floor of this building was apparently the inspiration for Session 9. My colleagues are MUCH more curious than I …

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When in doubt, I only have to be faster than my intern…

 

I need folks to hear me on this: if the room is called “the demon closet”, I’m not going in by day, much less near midnight without lights.

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There was supposed to be a ghost hunters group joining us this weekend for an investigation.  They bailed on us due to inclement weather.

 

Yeah, the third floor is creepy enough by day…

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And seriously,  this making an appearance much less moving on its own in a breeze #imout

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[Madeline Ashby ‏@MadelineAshby Jan 26 @MauriceBroaddus Yup, you're in Silent Hill. Get out.]

 

Done!

 

In short, you take a room full of (horror) writers in repose (read: drinking), mix in stories of a building with an extensive history of being haunting, reports of activity (oh, the strange things that happened to Michael West’s laptop:  every time he opened his password protected computer, some “one” typed in the words “Wake” and then “Why???”), an old building with drafts, wind through plastic sheets, an old heating system with creaky ducts, birds trapped in the attic, A DEMON CLOSET, plus the power of imagination and you get a fun-filled weekend with very little sleep.

 

The rest saved for future stories.

 

 

 

 

 

*Truth be told, I barely attended the first one, staying a couple of hours mid-day on that Saturday, which still proved to be a pivotal moment since that was when I first met Doug Warrick.

**Meanwhile, Chesya took great glee in writing my various death scenarios on Facebook

Streets of Shadows – A Kickstarter

SoSThe shadowy underworld of classic crime noir stories meet the shadows of urban fantasy in *Streets of Shadows*, a new fiction anthology edited by Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon and published by Alliteration Ink. Featuring Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Kevin J. Anderson, Tim Lebbon, Seanan McGuire, and Brandon Massey, the anthology’s combination of genres will allow more freedom for the stories.

“Crime and urban fantasy are the two most versatile genres,” says Bram Stoker Award and Black Quill nominated editor Maurice Broaddus. “They provide the kind of playground folks can both build any play set they can imagine and tell stories that speak straight to the human condition.” Publisher Steven Saus agreed, saying “It takes the right writers and editors to create an anthology that is more than just fun to read – and knowing the high quality that Jerry and Maurice brought to *Dark Faith* and *Dark Faith: Invocations*, I know this anthology will hit that same high mark.”

Broaddus agreed. “Jerry and I are excited to have an excuse to work together again. Working on *Dark Faith* and *Dark Faith: Invocations* was such a great experience, and we’re were jazzed to have Alliteration Ink being on board for *Streets of Shadows*. We have a great cast of writers lined up and plenty of surprises in store,” says Maurice Broaddus.

*Streets of Shadows* is currently being crowdfunded on Kickstarter, with anticipated release in the late summer of 2014 in trade paperback and eBook editions.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/stevensaus/streets-of-shadows-a-noir-urban-fantasy-fiction-an

Project:  http://bit.ly/kickshadows
Home page:  http://bit.ly/streetsofshadows
YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_42G6W8fuT4

You think you’re safe. What a joke.

You don’t think about the places you pass every day. The side streets. The alleys. Under bridges. The shadows.

All you’d have to do is take a step to the side. Then you’d know.

Life on the streets ain’t easy. It takes someone tough like me to survive. Danger lurks in the shadows. Yeah, there’s muggers and gangs. Sometimes you get zombies, vampires, and ghouls. And if you’re real unlucky, you run into the scary stuff.

Whether it’s the dirty streets of Detroit, the paved-over cobblestones of London, or the patched asphalt of your hometown, people like me are all that stand between death and your door.

Our world isn’t made up of parks and malls. Our world is the streets, covered in shadows.

These are our stories.

For Your Consideration…

AKA Works that came out in 2013

Short Stories

“Ebony Paradox” (Punchnels Magazine) – a “lost” tale from my Knights of Breton Court universe

“Voice of the Martyr” Beyond the Sun (Fairwood Press) – the church and the military are now united, which means our soldiers are the new missionaries.

“The Electric Spanking of the War Babies” Glitter and Mayhem (Apex Books) – The P-Funk universe comes alive.

“Cerulean Memories” The Book of the Dead (Jurassic-London) – one of my favorite stories I’ve written.  A story of grief, an urban legend, and a mummy.

“A Soldier’s Story” Vampires Don’t Sparkle (Seventh Star Press) – Sometimes vampires aren’t the worst monster in the night.

“Read Me Up” What Fates Impose (Alliteration Ink) – Family drama meets an obeah prophecy.

“Awaiting Redemption” Eulogies II (HW Press) and can be heard on Pseudopod – It doesn’t matter what the religion, sometimes folks miss the point of their own worship.

 

Novelette

“Steppin’ Razor” Asimov’s SF Magazine – Steampunk, alternate history Jamaica, Rastafarians, the clone of Haille Selassie.

Novella

I Can Transform You (Apex Books) – “Mac Peterson left the employ of LG Security Forces and now cobbles together a life in the shadows of the great towers, filling policing needs for people too unimportant for the professional corp-national security to care about. His ex-wife, Kiersten, stayed behind on the Security Forces, working undercover. When she turns up dead alongside one of the tower jumpers, Mac pairs up with Ade Walters, a cyborg officer, to uncover who would try to hide Kiersten’s death among the suicides. Searching for the murderer of one of their own, Mac and Ade discover plans to transform the Earth and its inhabitants…plans that only started with the great upheaval and The Trying Times.”

 

Best Related Work

Speculative Fiction 2012 – “The collection included over fifty of your pieces written on subjects ranging from ethnocentrism in My Little Pony to the role of historical authenticity in fantasy. We were privileged to publish your book reviews, biopics, essays, and eviscerations. We convinced Campbell Award winner Mur Lafferty to write the foreword because we knew she’d win the award and aid us in our quest to build votes for the project (that’s what we call REVISIONIST history). In short, we put together a time capsule for future generations of science fiction and fantasy readers to understand what was important to readers in 2012. And we’re excited to see it happen again in 2013, and on into the future.”